Department research

Our internationally-renowned researchers are each members of Monash BDI's Infection and Immunity Discovery Program.

In the broadest sense, our research activities aim to understand how various microbes interact with their human or animal hosts at the molecular level, how that interaction can result in disease, and how this can be prevented. Research in the department utilises multi-disciplinary approaches to increase our understanding of microbial pathogenesis, the development of antibiotic resistance, the immune response to infection, and development of vaccine development.

We have 17 research groups that collaborate extensively with national and international researchers, and all of which have national competitive research funding, mainly from the National Health and Medical Research Council and/or the Australian Research Council.

Our Department-specific expertise covers:

  • microbial genomics and evolution
  • animal models of microbial pathogenesis
  • advanced imaging such as structural biology, cryo-EM and high-resolution light microscopy (STED, dSTORM)
  • genomics including genome sequencing, next-generation sequencing and single cell genomics
  • drug discovery and computational biology

Some examples of the microbes we work on include Clostridium, Klebsiella, Pasturella, Escherichia coli, Mycobacterium, Influenza virus, Rabies virus, Cytomegalovirus and SARS-CoVs.

The Department is home to the Leptospira Diagnostic Serology service, which provides a diagnostic and specialist consulting service for human leptospirosis.

Members of the Department are also members of the Centre to Impact AMR, which applies fundamental and translational research to provide solutions to reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR) from biomedical, engineering, sociological, clinical, biological, molecular, chemical and pharmacological experts.

Find out more about each of the Lab Heads and Group Leaders in the Department of Microbiology. Their lab information and websites showcase the incredible research each of them are doing.

Meet our research leaders